Physical activity and wellbeing of 8–9 year old children from social disadvantage: An all-Ireland approach to health

Gavin Breslin, Ben Fitzpatrick, Deidre Brennan, Stephen Shannon, Ruth Rafferty, Wesley O'Brien, Sarahjane Belton, Fiona Chambers, Tandy Haughey, Darryl McCullagh, Richard Gormley, Donncha Hanna

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Abstract

Background Physical activity (PA) has been shown to improve psychological wellbeing in adults, however less is known about this relationship in children. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between PA and wellbeing in children for the first time across Ireland and to explore potential differences by gender, jurisdiction (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and region of Ireland. Method A sample of 673 8–9 year olds attending school in socially disadvantaged areas took part. Participants completed a measure of PA and the KIDSCREEN-27 quality of life questionnaire. Results 18% of children accumulated the recommended 60 min of MVPA per day for health, with 18% of boys (n = 63) and 17% girls (n = 55) achieving this level. Children in Northern Ireland reported higher wellbeing scores than those in Republic of Ireland. Children achieving the recommended level of MVPA scored significantly higher on measures of wellbeing than less active children. Gender differences in wellbeing were found for perceived parental, social and school support with girls scoring higher than boys. Conclusions Children who meet the recommended MVPA guidelines and those who live in Northern Ireland report a higher level of wellbeing than their peers who live in the Republic of Ireland.
LanguageEnglish
Pages9-14
JournalMental Health and Physical Activity
Volume13
Early online date5 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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Keywords

  • Wellbeing
  • Physical activity
  • Socio-economic deprivation
  • Irish school-children

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Breslin, Gavin ; Fitzpatrick, Ben ; Brennan, Deidre ; Shannon, Stephen ; Rafferty, Ruth ; O'Brien, Wesley ; Belton, Sarahjane ; Chambers, Fiona ; Haughey, Tandy ; McCullagh, Darryl ; Gormley, Richard ; Hanna, Donncha. / Physical activity and wellbeing of 8–9 year old children from social disadvantage: An all-Ireland approach to health. 2017 ; Vol. 13. pp. 9-14.
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